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Step 1 is to cut the paint surface, usually the clear coat in a modern two-stage paint job. Heavier texture will require coarser paper to correct, though there's no question that the better the paint is laid down in the first place, the better the final results. Usually 1,000 grit is the coarsest used, followed by 1,500 grit to make the polishing easier. We had very nice paint, and went straight to the finer 1,500 grit, using a hand pad.